KIDS CAN HAVE A BURNING CURIOSITY
Theme for Arson Awareness Week 2012 is Preventing Youth Firesetting
Most children have a curiosity when it comes to fire. The initial curiosity can expand to more destructive and potentially deadly outcomes when children experiment with fire. Parents and caregivers can do a lot to prevent a child or youth from playing or experimenting with fire.
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WHAT CAREGIVERS CAN DO
Teach children what fire is really like.
Real fire isn’t like the fires on TV or in the movies. Real fire is hotter, darker, and faster than most people realize, especially children. Be aware of how fire is used in the television shows and advertising your child watches. Help your children understand fire’s truly dangerous nature and they’ll be more likely to treat fire with respect.
Keep matches and lighters out of sight and out of reach.
Sadly, children can die in fires they set. Keeping matches and lighters hidden where kids can’t reach them is still one of the most effective methods of fire prevention. Even child-resistant lighters need to be kept out of reach and sight of children.
Keep a closer eye.
Children have a natural curiosity about fire. When they’re under your supervision, it is important to know what they are doing at all times. If you leave children to the care of other adults, be sure to discuss these important safety issues beforehand.
WHO CAN HELP
Many fire departments, including the Seattle Fire Department, have programs which provide fire safety education and intervention for children and youth who have unsafely used or experimented with fire. To learn more about the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Stoppers Program, click here.